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ARMORED TRAIN. (SANTA CLARA)
Located in the city of Santa Clara, it is quite a unique attraction for those lovers of Cuba’s history. There, on November 29th of 1958, troops from Column 8 led by Ernesto Che Guevara, struck a hard blow to Batista’s tyranny by derailing an armoured train, carrying reinforcement soldiers to fight the Rebel Army (Ejército Rebelde) in the eastern area of the island. This monument was raised 13 years after the audacious attack took place, and years later on July 13th of 1986 it adopted a new artistic format, created by the Cuban sculptor José Delarra. The complex is made up of five sculptured elements that represent the actions that were carried out, as well as four original wagons, the bulldozer used to rip out the railway and a steamroller. Inside the wagons there are photographs of the events, as well as weapons similar to those taken from the enemy. It was declared a National Monument in 1990.

For more information:  www.cuba-heroes.com , www.cuba-history.com , www.cuba-villaclara.com

 


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